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Duration

4 years full-time
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Session 1 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

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  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's pharmacy course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in rural, regional and metropolitan health care settings.

Comprehensive instruction

Studies in chemistry and biology come together in this course, along with practical instruction in community and hospital pharmacy, dispensing, medication management and health counselling. You will learn the 'soft skills' that allow pharmacists to work effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds, including communication and interpersonal skills, time management, decision-making and problem-solving. You may also participate in specialist areas of study such as rural health, vaccination training and international programs. 

Rural and regional focus

CSU is a regional university, which means our courses provide you with a unique perspective and understanding of the health needs of rural and regional Australians - this will also be an advantage if you choose to make your career in larger metropolitan areas.

Exceptional teaching staff

Receive personalised attention and instruction from highly-qualified teaching staff, including qualified, registered pharmacists with extensive industry links and experience. You will practice what you are learning in the classroom in state-of-the-art laboratories and a pharmacy simulation setting, along with workplace learning, this ensures that you graduate with the confidence to make your mark.

On completion of a pre-registration period and an examination set by the Pharmacy Board of Australia, you will be able to seek registration recognition in any state in Australia.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. This course qualifies graduates (after completion of the postgraduate internship year) to register nationally with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, under the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency  (AHPRA) umbrella. The qualification is also recognised by the Pharmacy Guild, the Pharmaceutical Society and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Australian Pharmacy Council

The Bachelor of Pharmacy has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. This course qualifies graduates (after completion of the postgraduate internship year) to register nationally with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, under the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency  (AHPRA) umbrella. The qualification is also recognised by the Pharmacy Guild, the Pharmaceutical Society and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Students will complete periods of training (i.e. professional placement or externships) primarily in a hospital or community pharmacy. The externships give you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to real problems in the practice of pharmacy.

To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including a 'virtual pharmacy' facility.

Students will need to purchase a laboratory coat and safety glasses as part of the requirements for laboratory based classes. Students are responsible for the costs of accommodation and travel to clinical placements and are required to purchase and wear the CSU uniform while on clinical placement.

Immunisation

NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

Further information is available from NSW Health.

Working with Children Check

Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

First Aid Certificate

All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

 

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

PHM315 Professional & Business Pharmacy Practice
PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

Infographic - 95.9% of CSU Pharmacy graduates find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating

Career opportunities

Pharmacy can be a mobile career with flexible hours and a wide range of employment opportunities across Australia as well as overseas. Working conditions are generally excellent, with generous starting salaries. 

Choose where you work

CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy will equip you to work in community pharmacies and hospitals and health care settings in rural in regional and metropolitan communities.

Sales and marketing

If you're interested in a career that could see you travelling the world take up a sales or marketing role in the pharmaceutical industry.

Research and clinical trials

Work for government agencies, research institutions or the private sector here in Australia or overseas.


With skills relevant to both rural and metropolitan health care, graduates of CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy are in demand with employers, especially in regional areas across Australia, where there is a critical need for health care professionals.

Pharmacy can be a mobile career with flexible hours and a wide range of employment opportunities across Australia as well as overseas. Working conditions are generally excellent, with generous starting salaries. 

Choose where you work

CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy will equip you to work in community pharmacies and hospitals and health care settings in rural in regional and metropolitan communities.

Sales and marketing

If you're interested in a career that could see you travelling the world take up a sales or marketing role in the pharmaceutical industry.

Research and clinical trials

Work for government agencies, research institutions or the private sector here in Australia or overseas.


With skills relevant to both rural and metropolitan health care, graduates of CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy are in demand with employers, especially in regional areas across Australia, where there is a critical need for health care professionals.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Standard University credit rules apply

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Pharmacy online or on campus.

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UACOn campusOrangeCGSYNN214808
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CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

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Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusOrangeFPOSYNNISPI
UACOn campusOrangeCGSYNN214808
DirectOn campusOrangeCGSYNNKSOP

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Ross Mohamed - Bachelor of Pharmacy

"The Pharmacy course at CSU gave me an opportunity to develop as an individual and professional. I've left university finding myself passionate about rural health care which is a rewarding opportunity in itself."

Ross Mohamed - Bachelor of Pharmacy

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of 256 points:

BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS208 Human Nutrition
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BMS310 Disease Processes
BMS313 Infectious Diseases and Applied Immunology
BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points)
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
CHM219 Organic & Physical Chemistry
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1
PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points)
PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points)
PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points)
PHM341 Pharmacokinetics
PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points)
PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points)
PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points)
PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points)
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Key Subjects
The course includes the following key subjects:
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2
PHM215 Pharmacy Practice
BMS340 Pharmacology
PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2

By full-time study

Session 1
CHM104 Chemistry 1A
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Session 2
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1

Session 3
BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
CHM219 Organic and Physical Chemistry
PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points) (commenced)

Session 4
BMS313 Infectious Diseases and Applied Immunology
BMS310 Disease Processes
PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points) (completed)

Session 5
PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points) (commenced)
BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points) (commenced)
PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points) (commenced)
PHM341 Pharmacokinetics

Session 6
BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points) (completed)
BMS208 Human Nutrition
PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points) (completed)
PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points) (completed)

Session 7
PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points) (commenced)
PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (commenced)
PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points) (commenced)
PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (commenced)

Session 8
PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points) (completed)
PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points) (completed)
PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (completed)
PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (completed)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
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Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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